What security measures has DTD taken to safeguard data?

About our software

We take data security very seriously. You can read our Privacy Policy which describes in detail how we handle student data under FERPA, and explains our data and site security as well.

We are a proud signatory of the Student Privacy Pledge.

We've signed both the California and Massachusetts Student Data Privacy Agreements. Read more on the SDPC website.


All users must log in with a password to access DTD. Your secure login is the first security measure in effect, so please keep your password safe. DTD uses hashing (one-way encryption) to store your password in our database, keeping it secure. We cannot read your password in our database. You can use the forgot password link to reset it if needed.

Only you, your team admin (if opted-in) and the DTD admins have access to the docs that you create. Our admins have access only for the purposes of maintaining the services and carrying out day to day operations.

DTD uses industry-standard security practices when storing the doc's data in a secure database. We also utilize SSL (https) which encrypts all data being sent between your computer and our servers.

If you prefer to add an extra layer of security, you can use a fictitious first name for your student, download the Word doc or Google Doc, and do a quick search-and-replace for the first name. That way, the student's name will never be stored on our servers. The same can be done for the student's age, your school's name, etc.

Our host

DTD runs on a host that utilizes Amazon Web Service (AWS) data centers. AWS ensures a high level of physical security to safeguard their data centers. Among others things they employ two-factor authentication for all their authorized staff members, military grade perimeter controls and security staff at all ingress points.

As for environmental protection, AWS has sophisticated fire detection and suppression equipment, fully redundant power infrastructure with integrated uninterrupted power supply (UPS) units and high end climate control system to guarantee an optimal working environment for the hardware.

More info can be found at our host, Heroku.